Cubs Add Arismendy Alcantara and Dallas Beeler to 40-Man Roster

The Cubs added two players to the 40-man roster prior to Wednesday’s deadline to file reserve lists at the Major and Minor League levels.

Arismendy Alcantara and Dallas Beeler were added to the Major League roster. With the two additions, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 39 players.

Arismendy Alcantara garnered a lot of attention this past season with the improvements he made in the field and at the plate. Alcantara began the year as the Smokies’ shortstop and shortly after he returned from the Futures Game, he moved to the other side of the infield to accommodate Javier Baez.

Alcantara was among the offensive leaders in the Southern League in 2013. Alcantara was second in the league in doubles (36), third in stolen bases (31), seventh in RBI (69), tenth in home runs (15) and 14th in batting average (.271). Alcantara changed his approach at the plate and it translated into a .352 OBP.

In his first full year at the Double-A level, the 22-year old put up career highs in games played (133), plate appearances (571), runs scored (69), hits (134), doubles (36), home runs (15), walks (62), stolen bases (31), OBP (.352), SLG (.451), OPS (.804) and total bases (223).

Arismendy Alcantara has drawn comparisons to Jimmy Rollins, mainly due to his build, the fact that he is a switch hitter and profiles as leadoff hitter in the majors. The front office is on record that Alcantara will begin the year at Triple-A Iowa, but one thing is for sure, he is not far from the big leagues.

Arismendy Alcantara’s Page on Baseball-Reference

Dallas Beeler improved his stock with an excellent performance in the Arizona Fall League. Beeler spent most of the 2013 season on the disabled list with a torn tendon in his pitching hand and made only nine starts. Beeler was 4-2 in nine starts for Double-A Tennessee with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP (35 strikeouts, 17 walks in 54 2/3 innings).

Beeler was 4-1 in six starts for the Solar Sox with a 2.49 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP in the recently completed AFL season. In 21 2/3 innings, Beeler gave up 24 hits, five walks and struck out nine batters. Beeler made his best start of the fall in the championship game last Saturday.

Dallas Beeler’s Page on Baseball-Reference

The Cubs did not promote outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha or LHP Eric Jokisch to the 40-man roster. Both players will be eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 12.

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  • CubbyDenCritic

    So Beeler did make the roster…..compared to Roy Halladay type of pitcher.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Henry Blanco wants one more season as a player.

  • Tom U

    Beeler spent most of the 2013 season on the disabled list with a torn tendon in his pitching hand.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Dallas looked like an okay of a pitcher during AFL….needs to work on his pitching spots…..some of his pitches were way out of the zone…..or sometimes hanging on the high side ………..would like to see more “zip” on his pitches.
      You think Theo is having that one spot open to pick up someone on waivers?

      • Tom U

        It’s always good practice to leave some room at the top

    • Neil

      Thanks Tom, I did not mean to leave his injury out of the report. I made the addition to the report.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Chris Carpenter retired today.

    That means we’ll be 20 games better!


  • cubtex

    Wow! Ian Kinsler for Prince Fielder.

    • Tom U

      Opens up a spot for Jurickson Profar.

      • cubtex

        Miggy goes to 1st and Castellanos to 3rd?

        • Tom U

          Castellanos hasn’t played 3B since 2012, and then only 27 games. Been seeing most of his time in the OF.

        • TheWrongGuy

          Detroit will be looking for a third baseman now. Castellanos was drafted as a third baseman, but his glove never carried him up the levels of the farm system. His bat did. His glove won’t play at third base at the MLB level, but his bat will.

          • Vivid_Reality

            I’d send them Olt for Smyly in a heartbeat if they would entertain the idea. That is just my pipedream of course.

          • TheWrongGuy

            Olt for Casey Crosby is a more likely trade in that scenerio. Crosby is from Park View, Illinois.

          • Vivid_Reality

            I’d rather just see what Olt can do with a full MLB season. Crosby is just a bullpen piece and I’m not convinced he can be any better than Rosscup.

          • TheWrongGuy

            True Olt has much more upside than Crosby. But Olt also has many more questions surrounding him.
            I agree with keeping Olt.

          • Theboardrider

            I agree, Olt was on the fast track until his concussion. Let him have an extended peiod to heal and he’ll be back where e was headed. Either a core piece or a great trade chip. Concussion is serious. It can break a guy. Lots of critiscm toward a guy that went thru that. I think he will be right back where ue was and last season isn’t what he should be judged by. In a way last season was good for us. It made him available to us. I believe in Olt and did before he became a Cub.

          • TheWrongGuy


            He is from Kankakee, Illinois(Casey Crosby)

          • David Dennis

            No he is from Maple Park went to Kaneland High School same as Don Bebee

        • John G.

          With Iglesias at SS that could be the best infield in MLB, potentially

    • cubtex

      Big move for Rangers. Move Profar to 2B and got a big bat in Fielder.

      • Andy Turner

        And a clubhouse cancer

  • Tom U

    Tweet from the Yankees PR Dept. ‏

    The Yankees have acquired INF Dean Anna from the San Diego Padres in exchange for RHP Ben Paullus

    How did Jed miss out on this guy?

    • cubtex

      Anna had great numbers in AAA. Plays SS. What do you know about him Tom? Looks like he would have been a better option than Vakaika.

      • Tom U

        I don’t know a lot personally, but in looking at the numbers Valaika looks a little better defensively. Anna is younger and profiles better on offense.

  • cubtex

    Gotta love Dave Dombrowski! He is full of surprises. Jayson Stark said don’t be surprised if Robinson Cano gets associated with Detroit now. More moves coming for the Tigers.

  • John G

    Detroit News is speculating that Porcello may go to Texas with Fielder.

    • Tony_Hall

      I’ve seen this reported as a one for one trade with cash going to the Rangers.

  • Tony_Hall

    Good old fashioned baseball trade (with millions of dollars of course). Teams both get what they need and have way to back fill what they gave up internally.

  • Tony_Hall

    Final deal: Detroit trades Prince Fielder + $30M to Texas for Ian Kinsler. TEX gets Prince for 7/$138M, DET gets Kinsler for 4/$62M + $30M.

  • Tony_Hall

    Kind of ironic, don’t you think?

    Brian Kenny ‏@MrBrianKenny16m
    Wait a second. So NOW Tigers fans are touting the importance of fielding and baserunning?

    • TheWrongGuy

      Alannis Morrisette nice quote =)

  • Tony_Hall

    So how much of an improvement will this be for the Rangers or Tigers?

    Here are the Steamer WAR projections for 2014 published at FanGraphs:

    Moreland: 1.3
    Kinsler: 3.3
    Total: 4.6 WAR

    Fielder: 3.7
    Profar: 1.4
    Total: 5.1 WAR

    That is an expensive half a win :)

    David Schoenfield thinks this opens up the Rangers to go and sign Cano.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Tigers didn’t get much of a bat back. Kinsler is a career .273 hitter,
      and slugs .454. He slugged just .413 in 2013. His bat the last 3 years
      has been on a downhill swing. He’s a good defensive 2B.

      Sure, he’s a good player, but…they paid $30 million just to
      get rid of Fielder. WOW!

      Fielder will be 30 in May. He’ll be 37 when the contract ends.
      It’s amazing. He’s a perennial 100 RBI guy every year.

      We’ll see what Profar is. So far he’s a .231 hitter with a slightly
      below average glove. But he’s 20, and he could be a huge star.
      Or he could be something slightly less than Kinsler.

  • STLCubsFan


    Hate to be a stickler, but just letting you know you have a typo during Alcantara’s piece saying his change in approach at the plate translated into a .352 OPS instead on OBP.

    Just caught my eye because I saw .352 OPS and almost fainted!

    • Neil

      Thank you for catching. Corrected.

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